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Help the Rivera-Mercado Family Heal.
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Ended Oct 30, 2014

  The Rivera-Mercado family is in need of healing and your support. They are facing the unthinkable and can use all the love and support possible. On September 13th, they lost a beautiful light in this world, their 16 year old daughter Jara.

  Jara Marie Rivera was born on February 5, 1998. This beautiful young lady had lead a life that most would not be able to lead. She was born with rare medical problems and for the past 16 years had been fighting to survive and live a pain free life. She underwent many surgeries and dealt with so much pain. A mystery to doctors, her medical issues went with out final diagnosis or cure. Again and again doctors were at a loss and could not understand why her body was acting as it was or how she had kept up the fight. Despite her condition, Jara was so full of life and never stopped smiling. She was an is an inspiration to all those who came in contact with her. Recently doctors determined that she needed one final surgery. This was supposed to be the answer to their prayers and the end to all her pain and on September 8 of this year Jara went in for the surgery. She was strong and despite gong in with a weak heart, survived the 8 hour surgery. All seemed well and Jara was exstatic about having survived this very serious surgery. She would say over and over to her parents, "We did it, everything is going to be okay." 

  On September 13th, the unthinkable happened. Early that morning Jara's health quickly failed and despite fighting till her last breathe to survive, she passed away. Even in her last moments, her concern was her mother and letting her know she was still fighting. This amazing young woman was such a light to this world and will continue to shine down on us. Now is the time that we come together as family and a community... and support Jara's family. Obviosuly, no parent ever plans to burry their child. The Rivera-Mercado family needs as much support as we can give to make this part of their journey as easy as possible. Any financial support you provide will go towards the expenses for Jara's funeral and burial. Please consider donating, anything helps.

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